“The tooth fairy comes when a child has lost a tooth. Commonly, she is very small, and she comes in the middle of the night. The child is to leave the tooth under his/her pillow, so that the tooth fairy can take it during her visit. Once she has taken the tooth, she leaves monetary reimbursement under the pillow, anything from ten cents to a dollar. (This action is done by a parent.) The teeth are then taken to her tower, and used for her purposes.”
The Modern Myth of The Common Tooth Fairy
The trout leaps high —
below him, in the river bottom,
clouds fly by.
“The World Upside Down”, Onitsura
Crowned seven years ago my right, back, top molar finally succumbed to a cavity just under the gum line. It would have cost $2500 to repair, and even then would only — maybe — have lasted another few years. The problems magnified a few months ago when a flossing accident resulted in an abscess around the tooth. I thought the antibiotics cured that problem, but apparently not.
I have to say — except for the week I spent taking care of the abscess — at no point in the past few months did my tooth hurt. While Dr. Tiny Fingers was working in my mouth I was so numb I was falling asleep while he filled a small cavity on another tooth — this is something I do a lot in the dentist’s chair… they hate it. The actual extraction only took a minute, maybe ninety seconds, this may seem redundant but it felt like something was being removed from my jaw. The roots of the tooth looked close to an inch long. Very odd sensation. As easy as the whole procedure was it’s not something I ever want to feel again. If it ever gets to this point again I’ll pay the $2500 for the next tooth. But floss and fluoride rinse are my new best friends.
So now there’s a huge space in my mouth, I’ve already noticed a difference when I breathe. I talked to someone who had two teeth removed a few years ago and she thinks her speech has changed significantly. I haven’t spoken enough yet to notice if there’s a difference. I did notice that when I suck in my cheeks the right side slips in just a little more than the left… but that could be bullshit. But the weirdest thing, of course, is running my tongue over the empty, and massive, space.
Whatever purposes the Tooth Fairy has in store for my gi-normous tooth she should know that it served me well during our — too brief — association together. It stood up to some pretty intense abuse back in the day, surviving at least three brawls and more than a few pucks.
Holy, fuck that’s a cool photo though. That’s actually a giant pus-filled cyst-sack hanging off that badass MoFo.